The Weird Week in Review

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Dog Nurses White Tiger Cubs

Three white tiger cubs were born Sunday at Safari Zoological Park in Kansas. Their mother Sassy refused to nurse them, so zoo officials recruited Isabella, a one-year-old Golden Retriever who had just weaned a litter of puppies. Isabella has taken to the cubs as if they were puppies. The park specializes in housing and breeding rare and endangered species.

Groper Leaves Dirty Hand Prints

Peter Notridge of Milton Keynes, England was arrested for groping after he fondled a young woman and left behind key evidence -his hand prints. Notridge had been working on his car just before the incident, and left oil and grime on the woman's shirt. The woman reported the groping to police, who arrested Notridge within 15 minutes. Confronted with the evidence, he admitted guilt, and received a three-month suspended sentence. He also had to register as a sex offender.

Tree Shrews Thrive on Alcohol

Seven species of tree shrews found in Malaysia drink alcoholic nectar every day, according to a report released Monday. The palm nectar has a 3,8 percent alcohol content, the highest ever found in nature, yet the shrews show no signs of intoxication. Scientists plan to study how the shrew's bodies cope with such frequent alcohol ingestion. Their studies may lead to insights on why humans developed a taste for alcohol.

Man Stuck Under Dumpster for 12 Hours

150dumpster.jpg56-year-old Gibson Cook was arrested in Dillon, South Carolina after he was rescued from a dumpster. Cook had apparently crawled under the dumpster to retrieve $10 worth of copper wire Tuesday evening. He was discovered by workers at the Dillon County Landfill on Wednesday morning. EMS workers lifted the dumpster with airbags and freed Cook, who was unhurt. Landfill employee Charlie Brown said he'd never seen anything like it.
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"It was right disgusting. I wouldn't be under there," Brown said, laughing. "No, I can't see anyone one else going under a Dumpster."
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"It was kind of amusing to see him come out of there," Brown said. "He was scared. He was ready to get out of there."

World's First Double Arm Transplant

A 54-year-old farmer in Munich is the recipient of the first double arm transplant. Surgeons Edgar Biemer and Christof Hoehnke performed the 16-hour operation with a team of 30 medical professionals. The patient had lost his arms in a threshing machine six years ago. The donor was a Bavarian teenager killed in an accident. Doctors say it could be as long as two years before enough nerves grow for the patient to have feeling in his fingertips.

Delivery Driver's Final Route

150UPS.jpgJeff Hornagold of Crystal Lake, Illinois worked as a UPS driver for twenty years before he died last week. His best friend Micheal McGowan provided a fitting tribute for the funeral. McGowan, another UPS driver, delivered the casket containing Hornagold's body from the funeral home to the church in a UPS truck. See a video report here.

Naked Man Impaled on Spike

Gavin Rigby of Gosport, England was sunbathing in the nude on the ramparts above Haslar Lake when a bizarre accident occurred. He walked over to some trees, slipped on mud, and fell down the embankment. He was impaled upside down on a rusty post, which pierced his thigh near his groin. Rigbby was stuck on the post naked for about a half an hour as emergency crews worked to free him. They cut through the post instead of lifting him off. He was taken to a hospital, where a spokesman said he suffered "minor injuries."

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August 1, 2008 - 3:17am
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